I live on the opposite coast from Carlo's Bakery, so this is probably as close as I'll get to a slice of
"Buddy" cake. I hear that the Albertson's stores have some of his frozen cakes made at the Lackawana facility for about $35.
I figure he's done well with his 15 minutes of fame and has increased the awareness of custom cakes and helped raise the overall pricing by a huge margin. Most people in America never even knew what a custom cake was until his TV show. I wish him well and hope his huge investment in the Lackawana facility goes well. It must have been a huge financial risk.
As far as taste, ehhh..... it's probably like pizza. Everybody has their favorite hole-in-the-wall pizza place and LOVES those pizzas! Carlo's Bakery probably has 2nd and 3rd generation kids coming in who grew up with happy memories of a "Carlo's" cake and say it's the best in the world.
Personally, I think any individual (let alone a WHOLE family), that lets cameras follow them around 24/7 is NOT my cup of tea. Sheesh! It gives me the shivers even thinking about it.
I too have stopped watching his show..he offends me as an Italian..enough said.
Dottie, do you know what the actual size was. 10, 12"? And, did you take a photo of the sheet cake, just curious?
I actually love Cake Boss, but I didn't like Next Great Baker. I don't remember which season or episode it was, but they made wedding cakes. They carted them up to the roof (I think they were told for a photo before delivering them? Can't remember...). They slaved over those cakes for hours, and then had to be so very careful in maneuvering them to the top. And then out of nowhere, Buddy had them dumped off the roof. I got his point, that accidents happen and you have to prepare for the worst (they then had to rush back to the kitchen and make a replacement cake in LESS time) but I was VERY upset about that. What a complete and total waste. You could just see the disgust and disbelief on the contestants' faces, and I shared it.
Let's say it was 16". That is $6.50 per serving!
Dang, here I thought $2.50 was expensive per serving?!?!
I don't care what part of the country you live in, that is a lot of money for a cake. Especially for just a single tier. Even though it was 4 layers. If it was a 3, 4 or 5 tier cake, I could see it.
In defense of Carlo's, it IS an Italian bakery, and I wish I could have tried the Italian specialties instead of just the big American-style cake.
I live in a resort area and one of the venue's on Long Beach Island, NJ only use Carlo's for the wedding cake, or did in the past, there was a whole newspaper article about it. I understand that just to rent the venue it is something like $30 thousand dollars, so I guess they can afford a cake from Buddy. I guess if you've got it flaunt it!!!!
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